Sunday, June 20, 2010

Take Care of My Cat (2001)

At the first look Goyangileul butaghae might look like a formulaic coming-of-age dramedy. However, if we look at a bigger picture, Take Care of My Cat has some charms in its light script. Indeed, despite a few flaws, the film manages to ring true.

The story of this South Korean film takes place in Incheon, a city of the Seoul metropolitan area. We follow a group of five close friends - five girls - a year after their graduation from high school. Now that they're gradually moving towards adulthood, these girls deal with the changes in their life and the pressure to enter South Korea's workforce.

Hye-ju (Lee Yu-won) works as an office clerk at a brokerage company in Seoul, plans to move to Seoul and tries hard to find time to see her four friends. Bi-ryu (Lee Eung-sil) and Ohn-jo (Lee Eung-ju), two twin sisters, cheerfully sell object on the streets and accept their monotonous life in Incheon. Ji-young (Ok Ji-young), the shy girl in the group, is looking in vain for a job in order to study textile design. As for Tae-hi (Doona Bae), the young rebel, she works for free in her family's business, is looking for another job and tries to keep the group of friends tight.

Even though this is Jeong Jae-eun's first film, Take Care of My Cat is definitely a film that deserves to be watched. Besides, the pace is rather fluid even though the story aims to follow the leading characters in their quotidian life almost like a documentary. With all the different personality of each leading character, the film implicitly exposes its depth. In fact, the characters sound so true because they themselves face questions that we ask(ed) ourselves: Will I find a job? Will I keep my current job forever? Will I always be able to enjoy life despite working? Will I remain tight with my friends? Will I become a beggar? What does adulthood has in store for me?

Finally, although the film is made on a relatively light tone, many will find the story really charming. Although Take Care of My Cat doesn't contain a lot of extremely dramatic scenes, the leading actresses' performance looks so natural. This is why it's very easy to relate to these characters in their transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:South Korea (2001)
Length:112 minutes
Screenplay:Jeong Jae-eun
Director:Jeong Jae-eun

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